artwork by Catherine Langsdorf
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The weekly challenge from "I am the Diva" is about the white space, the between space. Here are her words about the challenge: "when i do a Zentangle®, my tendency is to fill up every space. Then, each week as i'm rounding up each entry for the slideshow - i'm always drawn to those aspects that i wish to emulate. In this case, it's the 'space between' that i have been drawn to." I have to agree with her whole heartedly.
Next came a post from Kit @ Dreamscribe Designs. Her words really hit home. They helped to explain why I seem to be heavily into the funny little craft that has been termed Zentangling®. Here is a portion from her thoughts: "Zentangle helps us to live in the Present Moment. Neither the past, nor the future – but betwixt and between. When we worry about the future, or fixate on the past, we cease to live in the present. How can we enjoy all that is real —right here, right now— if we mentally inhabit either past or future?"
So here is my soul confession - I am in a personal space between. My father died Sept 1. My mother has been dead for 11 years. I am in the space of being a child with neither parent. It is a strange space. I find myself searching for ways to connect with my childhood and those memories of my parents. It is often a painful space. Sitting at my art board and getting lost in a pattern has been a great escape. It calms my mind.
Finding the Zentangling community on line has also been a great distraction and a way to connect with people. Creative people. People who share so easily and who give abundant praise. I want to give a word of thanks to all those folks! Unknowingly, they have given comfort.
So for now, it is time to shut off this machine and get to my art board for some comfort, focus, creativity and tangling. Blessings to all.